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Old 11th April 2012, 03:52 AM
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[SOLVED] Fedora 16 partitioning question

I want to install Fedora 16 on my laptop that already has Windows 7 installed. The problem is I can't figure out how to get around the 4 primary partition limit. Windows 7 is already taking up two partitions on it's on....the one for the OS and the 100 MB partition that Windows requires. This leaves me with only 2 partitions I can create and I still need the BIOS boot partition, the /boot partition, and a physical volume so I can set up LVM. How can I do this?

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Old 11th April 2012, 04:28 AM
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Re: Fedora 16 partitioning question

All you need is an extended partition. Just boot fedora installation media and it would do the needful. Basically, you can create one primary partition and one extended partition. This extended partition can then house as many partitions as needed.
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Old 11th April 2012, 06:08 AM
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Re: Fedora 16 partitioning question

I figured it out. I knew I had to create an extended partition, but it took me a while to figure out how to do it since there's no "create extended partition" option.
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Old 11th April 2012, 07:36 PM
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Re: Fedora 16 partitioning question

If you're using MBR partitions (as the distinction between primary and logical partitions and their limits suggests), then you shouldn't need a BIOS boot partition. That's for GPT systems, where the gap between the MBR and the first partition is no longer available for the boot-loader.
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Old 11th April 2012, 08:32 PM
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Re: Fedora 16 partitioning question

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If you're using MBR partitions (as the distinction between primary and logical partitions and their limits suggests), then you shouldn't need a BIOS boot partition. That's for GPT systems, where the gap between the MBR and the first partition is no longer available for the boot-loader.
I hadn't thought of that, but what you're saying does make sense. In the case of a dual-boot scenario with Windows, you'd have to use MBR over GPT, correct? I've read that Windows won't install on a GPT partition.
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Old 11th April 2012, 08:44 PM
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Re: Fedora 16 partitioning question

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In the case of a dual-boot scenario with Windows, you'd have to use MBR over GPT, correct? I've read that Windows won't install on a GPT partition.
64-bit Windows is supposed to use GPT on UEFI systems, but otherwise not.
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Old 11th April 2012, 08:45 PM
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64-bit Windows is supposed to use GPT on UEFI systems, but otherwise not.
Ok. I don't have a UEFI enabled system. Good old BIOS for me.
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Old 24th April 2012, 08:04 PM
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Hi guys,

i had the same issue yesterday while i was trying to install the last feodra with a usb boot (made with unetbootin) and i took a look at this :

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/C...29_sector_size

I solved it.
Rgds.
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